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When the women's 5000 m world record was broken by a 17 year old in 1984, why the new record not accepted?

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When the women's 5000 m world record was broken by a 17 year old in 1984 (with a time of 15:01.83), why was the new record not accepted by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF)?

posted May 30, 2020 by Samardeep Acharya

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She was South African
The athlete was Zola Budd. The IAAF excluded South African athletes at the time because of their country's apartheid policy. The next year Budd, having taken British citizenship through her father, claimed the world record officially while representing Great Britain, clocking 14:48.07.

answer Jun 1, 2020 by Tapesh Kulkarni
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